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URBAN Gathers for Third National Meeting: “Critical Solidarities and Multi-Scalar Powers”

Urban Research-Based Action Network (URBAN) Gathers for Third National Meeting at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York

On Thursday, March 31st and Friday, April 1st, nearly one hundred scholars, activists, and artists gathered for the third national URBAN conference at the CUNY Graduate Center: Critical Solidarities and Multi-Scalar Powers. Continue reading

URBAN Boston Node Updates

URBAN Boston node continues to bring researchers and community members together to work on mutual areas of interest including but not limited to health, housing, education, transportation, and the ability for community members to use diverse data sources and analytic methods to devise evidence-based interventions. Through monthly eblasts and other communications, the Boston node is working to connect the Boston community around engaged research and action. Continue reading

From Youth Organizers to Social Justice Activists? Experiences of Youth Organizers Transitioning to Adulthood

From Youth Organizers to Social Justice Activists? Experiences of Youth Organizers Transitioning to Adulthood documents the experiences of former youth organizers in Boston and identifies the ways in which they stay connected to social justice work as young adults. This report also discusses the challenges of staying connected to social justice work and recommends ways that youth organizing groups can help their alumni stay connected to social justice work as they transition into young adulthood.

This report is the product of a collaborative research partnership between the University of Massachusetts, Boston and three youth organizing groups in Boston: the Boston-area Youth Organizing Project (BYOP), Roxbury Environmental Empowerment Project (REEP), and The City School. The UMass Boston team included five doctoral students that participated in the Practicum in Community-Based Research course offered in the Department of Public Policy. This course is taught by Prof. Mark Warren, chair of URBAN Boston and co-chair of national URBAN.

Reflections on the Second National URBAN Conference

On Friday, November 13th and Saturday, November 14th, over fifty scholars and activists from the Urban Research-Based Action Network (URBAN) gathered for their second national conference at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Gilda Ochoa, Professor of Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies and Sociology at Pomona College, reflects on the conference: Learning from the Contradictions: A Critical Reflection on Collaborative Action-Research.

URBAN Gathers for Second National Meeting at University of Massachusetts, Boston

On Friday, November 13th and Saturday, November 14th, over fifty scholars and activists from the Urban Research-Based Action Network (URBAN) gathered for their second national conference at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. This gathering was sponsored by the Spencer and W.T. Grant Foundations.

Mark R. Warren, associate professor in thGroup shot 2e Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs at the McCormack Graduate School and national co-chair for URBAN, organized the conference along with Lindsay Morgia, a PhD student in the Public Policy department, and members of the URBAN conference planning team. Planning team members include John Diamond at University of Wisconsin, Tim Eatman of Syracuse University, Ron Glass of UC Santa Cruz, Michelle Fine of the CUNY Graduate Center, and Celina Su of the CUNY Graduate Center. Continue reading

Guidelines for New URBAN Nodes

Starting an Urban Research Based Action Network (URBAN) node gives you the opportunity to bring academics and community leaders together locally and be part of a national network where you can learn, share resources, and work together on the basis of common values. URBAN is building a new and exciting field of collaborative research committed to equity and social justice and you will have the opportunity to support and influence its development.

In advance of submitting an application, prospective nodes will learn about the work of URBAN and its existing nodes. Prospective node leaders work closely with local university and community stakeholders to determine if there is an interest in creating a node, what local challenges there are, and how node members might benefit from a joint research partnership.

Please see the full guidelines and application process.

Assistant/Associate Professor, Leadership in Education

The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at the University of Massachusetts Boston invites applications for a tenure-track assistant or associate professor of Urban Education, Leadership, and Policy Studies in the Leadership in Education Department to begin September 1, 2016. The successful candidate’s research and teaching expertise will be in pre-K to 12 urban education in leadership or policy studies, with a specialization in the ways race, class, gender, ability, and language intersect with leadership and/or policy related to urban schools. Continue reading

URBAN website survey

As announced in the last newsletter, National URBAN is in the process of moving to CUNY this fall. As part of this transition, we are reaching out to local and disciplinary nodes and members in a number of ways.
One of our first goals is to find out more about how you currently use (or don’t use) the URBAN website, how to make the website more responsive to members’ goals and needs, and how to best facilitate digital space for collaboration across the URBAN network.
We would greatly appreciate your input, which will help us to stay connected to similarly minded scholars and activists through URBAN. We ask that you respond by Monday, November 30th, 2015.

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Youth Hub and URBAN Boston Event

Join us to learn about how Youth Hub is engaging youth to improve local youth employment outcomes!

URBAN Boston and Youth Hub in Dorchester invite you to learn more about participatory action research in Boston communities!

Youth Hub utilizes a youth-led participatory action research and innovation model in Codman Square, Dorchester, to identify challenges and opportunities, implement interventions, and measure results related to youth employment. Come for an interactive evening of learning, discussing, and experiencing the work of Youth Hub in Codman Square and its potential application to other neighborhoods. Continue reading